Techniques to trim screen time may work best with young children

07/7/2011 | Reuters

A meta-analysis of 13 large studies found that measures such as classroom curriculum and family counseling failed to reduce screen time of more than 3,000 children or help them lose weight, although some of the research showed that intervention reduced hours spent on TV among preschool-aged children. An expert who reviewed the findings said the studies' use of widely varying approaches may account for their ineffectiveness in changing behaviors, adding that it is still early to say that interventions wouldn't have significant benefits. The meta-analysis appears in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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